Still walking for dialysis machine

Tuesday March 31, 2015 Written by Published in Health
Takaivaine Tetini-Hakaoro and her support team get set to start their ‘Walk 2 Live 4 Dialysis’ effort. Takaivaine Tetini-Hakaoro and her support team get set to start their ‘Walk 2 Live 4 Dialysis’ effort.

Although she is now back in Cairns, Cook Islands woman Takaivaine Tetini Hakaoro is still working hard for kidney and diabetes awareness and her goal to get a dialysis machine in the Cook Islands.

Tetini Hakaoro and her supporters walked around Rarotonga on Saturday March 21 to raise awareness for her ‘Walk 2 Live 4 Dialysis” campaign. 

Tetini Hakaoro’s daughter Terina – known by her stage name as Zerynah Hugs – is spearheading the project, as she is known by Cook Islands people as a professional singer, said Tetini Hakaoro.

“She has been my right hand from the beginning of our project,” Hakaoro said. 

Tetini Hakaoro used to weigh in at 115kg, but is now down to 96kg after changing her diet and exercising regularly. 

According to the US National Kidney Foundation in America, dialysis takes over some of the functions performed by healthy kidneys. It is needed when a person’s own kidneys can no longer take care of the body’s needs.

Dialysis is needed when patients develop end stage kidney failure – usually by the time they lose about 85 to 90 per cent of kidney function. 

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